Crawley Museum works with members of the local community to ensure that the museum reflects and enhances the experiences of all.

We work with community groups and organisations to create events and exhibitions, either in the Museum building or in community venues in Crawley.

We have a range of reminiscence boxes which can help to promote discussion of memories. Our current available boxes are on the themes of ‘Schooldays’ and ‘House and Home’. We hope to expand this offer soon. Local groups can hire boxes for £10. If you prefer, one of the members of the Museum team can facilitate a reminiscence session at your chosen venue. The cost for this is £30 plus travel expenses.

If you want to talk to us about how we can work with your community, please contact us.


Volunteers play a really important role at Crawley Museum and Ifield Watermill, and there’s lots of different ways to be involved. These include:

  • Stewards: Stewards welcome visitors to the Museum or Watermill and help them with any questions they have about the displays.

  • Collection Assistants: Collection Assistants help with Crawley Museum’s object, image and archive collections. They help by numbering and listing objects, images and archives and by cataloguing items onto our computer system.

  • Education Assistants: Education Assistants help with visits from schools, colleges, adult learners and other groups.

  • Retail Assistants: Retail assistants help in the museum shop. They serve customers and help with the display and maintenance of shop stock.

  • Administration Assistants: Administration assistants help with office based tasks.

  • Restoration Volunteers: Restoration volunteers help with the restoration of Ifield Watermill

We welcome volunteers from all backgrounds and those with differing levels of knowledge and experience. Full training is given. If you are interested in any of these roles, would like to help us in some other way, or just want an informal chat about being a volunteer for the Museum, please contact us